InDesign / Common Questions
- InDesign User Guide
- Get to know InDesign
- Create and lay out documents
- Documents and pages
- Create documents
- Work with parent pages
- Work with document pages
- Set page size, margins, and bleed
- Work with files and templates
- Create book files
- Add basic page numbering
- Number pages, chapters, and sections
- Convert QuarkXPress and PageMaker documents
- Share content
- Understand a basic managed-file workflow
- Save documents
- Layout aids
- Documents and pages
- Add content
- Add text to frames
- Threading text
- Arabic and Hebrew features in InDesign
- Create type on a path
- Bullets and numbering
- Glyphs and special characters
- Text composition
- Text variables
- Generate QR codes
- Edit text
- Align text
- Wrap text around objects
- Anchored objects
- Linked content
- Format paragraphs
- Format characters
- Spell check and language dictionaries
- Format text
- Review text
- Add references
- Color and transparency
- Place, export, and publish
- Extend InDesign
A professional page layout application for print and digital publishing, Adobe InDesign lets you design, preflight, and publish a broad range of content for print, web, and tablet apps. It offers precise control over typography, built-in creative tools, an intuitive design environment, and tight integration with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, and Adobe Animate.
InDesign is built for designers, prepress and production professionals, and print service providers who work for magazines, design firms, advertising agencies, newspapers, book publishers, and retail/catalog companies, as well as in corporate design, commercial printing, and other leading-edge publishing environments. Learn more about InDesign.
And because InDesign is part of Adobe Creative Cloud, you get access to all the latest updates and future releases the moment they’re available. With a Creative Cloud All Apps plan, you can also access Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition* from within InDesign to design and package unlimited single-edition iPad apps for submission to the Apple App Store. Learn more about Creative Cloud.
InDesign tightly integrates with Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Pro, InCopy, and Flash Professional. InDesign shares a common user interface, commands, panels, and tools with Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash Professional, and InCopy, so it’s easy to apply what you know about one program when you’re learning another, and to move efficiently from program to program. Because you can import native Photoshop and Illustrator files, it’s easier to lay out, enhance, and update graphics. Native support for PDF files gives you reliable, consistent output whether you publish to print, the web, or devices. Strong integration between InDesign and Flash Professional means you can hand off your page layouts with great fidelity and maintain animation, sound, and video files placed in your documents. In addition, InDesign and InCopy work together to provide robust editorial workflow management for small creative teams.
InDesign leads an integrated publishing family that also includes InCopy and InDesign Server. InCopy is a professional writing and editing program that integrates with InDesign to provide collaborative editorial workflows among designers, writers, and editors, and it is also included in a Creative Cloud All Apps plan. InDesign Server brings high-end composition and layout to a server platform, introducing new levels of automation to editorial workflows, collateral creation, data-driven personalized publishing, and template-based web-to-print solutions.
Yes. If you require a custom solution built on core InDesign technology, systems integrators worldwide can provide publishing systems compatible with InCopy and InDesign. Learn more about custom editorial publishing solutions.
Yes. Publishers from small design firms to major publishing organizations worldwide have adopted InDesign. Supported by a vibrant partner ecosystem, backed by an industry leader, and user inspired, InDesign is the right choice for fast-paced publishing environments.
All versions of InDesign share a common file format, so you can open and modify Indic, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Chinese, and Korean layouts in Roman and Indic versions of InDesign, and Roman and Indic files in Japanese, Middle Eastern, Chinese, or Korean versions. However, the Roman versions of InDesign do not have the typographical, layout grid, and frame grid tools for editing Middle Eastern and Asian text that are available in the Japanese, Middle Eastern, Chinese, and Korean versions.
InDesign Server is a robust, highly flexible, and scalable layout and composition engine that offers the ability to automate the design, layout, and typographical capabilities of InDesign. Based on the same code base as InDesign, it can power many types of automated publishing solutions, including web-to-print, VDP, and editorial workflow solutions, while delivering the same output quality you would expect from InDesign. Most solutions powered by InDesign Server use templates created by designers using the desktop version of InDesign.
Although InDesign Server shares its code base with the desktop version of InDesign, there are a number of important differences:
- InDesign Server is an engine used to power larger automated publishing solutions.
- InDesign Server is a headless application with no built-in user interface. A customer or solution partner would design a user interface tailored to the automated publishing solution that InDesign Server powers.
- Like InDesign, InDesign Server can be driven through scripting or C++ plug-ins. However, it can also be driven through a SOAP interface or Java APIs. Additionally, the Flex framework and Adobe Flash Builder (available separately) can be used to build compelling rich Internet applications (RIAs) running within web browsers or as stand-alone clients using the Adobe AIR runtime, with InDesign Server as the scalable and robust back-end server component.
- Automated publishing solutions powered by InDesign Server can scale as requirements change, with support for multiple instances running on multiple processors.
- InDesign Server has been rigorously tested to help ensure that it delivers long periods of continuous uptime.
- InDesign Server has been designed and tested to work on the server versions of Windows and Mac OS, including Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2.
- InDesign Server is not included in Creative Cloud and must be purchased separately.
For help evaluating whether InDesign Server is the right technology for you, call Adobe Sales at 888-649-2990, or download a trial version by clicking the Try link on the InDesign Server product pages.
The InDesign software development kit (SDK) provides documentation, tools, and sample code to help customize and build InDesign plug-ins. For more information, visit the InDesign Developer Center. Learn more about automating publishing tasks in InDesign with scripting resources.
The darker UI in InDesign is set to match other Adobe professional products such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and Adobe Premiere Pro. You can easily change the brightness in the Preferences dialog box: Choose Edit > Preferences > User Interface (Windows) or InDesign > Preferences > User Interface (macOS).
With a free Creative Cloud membership, you can download a trial version of InDesign — and other applications in Creative Cloud. When you upgrade to an All Apps plan, you’ll be able to download the full version of every Creative Cloud application.
If you were prompted to enter your payment details before downloading InDesign, the trial automatically converts to a paid plan after the trial period ends. Otherwise, you can purchase a plan directly from the Creative Cloud website.
Check out InDesign Learn & Support for all you need to get started, with video and step-by-step tutorials and comprehensive product support from Adobe and our knowledgeable community.
You can follow InDesign on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter and find informative tutorials on the InDesign tutorials page.